Abdullah bin Abdulaziz with Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama with late King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz at the White House in June 2010.Reuters

Saudi Arabia has threatened to prosecute anyone in the country sharing what it calls are "fabricated documents" released by WikiLeaks.

On Friday, WikiLeaks had published more than 60,000 documents, which according to the Associated Press provides a deep understanding of the oil rich nation's diplomacy.

Saudi Arabia, which is an absolute monarchy, following the release of the documents has warned its citizens against sharing the "fake" documents on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Osama Naqli on Sunday asked Saudi nationals not to "allow enemies of the state to achieve their intentions in regards to exchanging or publishing any documents" and said "many of them had been fabricated in a very obvious manner", Reuters reported.

A New York Times report citing Naqli stated that Saudi Arabia will prosecute those who distribute the documents under its cybercrime laws.

The documents released by WikiLeaks are embassy correspondences, mainly emails between diplomats and communiqués from other state bodies.

The 60,000 documents contain details of favours done to Saudi allies, such as assistance to the then president of Egypt Mohamed Morsi in getting visas to take his family on a pilgrimage.

Another part of the leaked cable elaborates Saudi efforts to censor Iranian media by prassurising an Arab satellite provider to take an Iranian TV station off the air.

The documents also contain a 2012 instruction from the then ruler, late King Abdullah, directing the media to abstain from publishing any story tarnishing the image of Russian leaders.

The "top secret and urgent" instructions were issued after the counry initiated a dialogue with Russia over the crisis in Syria in 2012, according to the NYT.

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